D1 Regional All-American and International Veteran C/1B/OF (SIGNED IN ITALY FOR 2021)
Name: Sarah Edwards
DOB: June 26, 1996
Date Available: October 5, 2020
Positions: 1B, OF, C
Positions (alt): Coach, Youth Coach
College: Hofstra University; University at Buffalo
Sarah graduated in 2018 after two years at Hofstra University (BIO) (NCAA Division I). She previously spent two years at the University at Buffalo (BIO) (NCAA Division I). Sarah started all 53 games of the 2018 season in the 4 spot for Hofstra, the #18 team in the country at the time. The team earned a CAA Conference Championship and NCAA Regional Tournament appearance, where she was a key asset in their success (Article). She completed her senior season with a .336 batting average and .453 OBP, with 12 doubles, 6 home runs and 32 RBIs. She finished her collegiate career as an NFCA All-Northeast Region First-Team selection, First-Team All-Colonial Athletic Association selection, CoSIDA Academic All-District selection, NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete and two-time CAA All-Tournament Team selection. Hofstra recorded their 29th consecutive winning season and won their 12th conference championship.
As a hitter, Sarah has great plate awareness and pitch selection, known for working deep into counts and drawing walks. At Hofstra, she holds the 5th-most amount of single-season walks in program history with 31. She earned the nickname “Clutch,” known to execute high-pressure situations, including a game-winning 2-run homerun in extra innings against FIU, and a game-winning RBI in extra innings against Florida State. She ended her 53 game senior season on a 22 game reached-base streak.
On the base paths, Sarah has average speed and good base running skills, known for avoiding tags. Sarah’s catching abilities were described as having a very strong & accurate arm, good command of the field, and great pitch calling knowledge. She is known for her good hands and athleticism in the field, and her willingness to fill any defensive role needed. Sarah also has 9 years coaching experience and would be open to helping out with the youth program.
Sarah’s first season in Europe, she was under two contracts for the 2018 summer. She first played for the Lucerne Eagles in Switzerland for the regular season and 2018 European Winners Cup in the Netherlands. She was a key asset in helping a 2-10 team win their last 6 out of 8 games to make the playoffs. She took the league by storm, coming in half-way through the season and finishing with a stat line of .680/.758/1.160.
In the 2018 European Winners Cup in Rotterdam, while competing against numerous NPF players, Sarah was at the top of almost every offensive statistic. She went on to finish with Old Parma Taurus in Italy for the second half of their season. She helped a 3-17 team win 4 of their last 12 games to get them out of relegation.
Following her success in Europe, Sarah went to play with the Western Magpies in Auckland, New Zealand for the 2018-2019 winter. She helped her team win the Auckland Softball Championship and the New Zealand Club Nationals Championship. At the NZ Club Nationals tournament, she helped the Magpies advance to the semi-finals with a walk-off RBI sac fly in the 8th inning against Auckland rivals Otahuhu. She finished the tournament with a stat line of .455/.630/.500 through 8 games.
For Sarah’s 2nd trip to Europe, she returned to Italy for the 2019 season with the Old Parma Taurus. She offensively led the team in every category and individually had a great season, finishing with the statistics .350/.460/.475. For the later part of the summer, she signed to play in the 2019 European Premiere Cup in Italy and the Dutch Golden League playoffs with defending champions Olympia Haarlem. She helped them win the bronze medal at the European Premiere cup and become finalists in the Holland championship series. In the “Top 4” round of playoffs, playing against the most competitive teams in the league, Sarah earned a stat line of .636/.692/.909 in 5 games and racked up the most RBI’s in the league with 9.
In December of 2019, Sarah finished the process to get her Italian Passport, and she became a member of the Italian National Team (Article). She was selected to play in the 20 women roster for the 2020 Australia Pacific Cup. She played catcher and called the pitches herself against Chinese Taipei, globally ranked #6, which resulted in an Italian victory of 6-3. She also played right field against the Aussie Spirit.
In 2020, she played for Inox Team Saronno for her 3rd Italian season. Her regular season statistics were .485/.697/.647 in 13 games. She finished the regular season 4th in the league for Batting Average, 6th for Slugging, 2nd for OBP, 2nd for OPS and led the league in walks with 16. She reached base in 19 out of 20 total games played. Saronno finished 2nd in the Serie A1 Softball Championship, losing to MFK Bollate in the final game. It was the club’s first appearance in the Italian championship final.
Collectively, in her Italian Softball League seasons (2018-2020) while playing a mix of catcher, first base and outfield, Sarah has upheld a fielding percentage of .966. She committed only 9 errors total in 3 years, while playing key positions. While catching and playing outfield with the Western Magpies in 2018-19, Sarah maintained a perfect fielding percentage of 1.000 through 20 league games.
In 2021, Sarah has returned to Old Parma to play her 4th season in the Italian Softball League.
Any club in need of a big bat, team leader, and someone with great knowledge of softball who can catch and play the field is encouraged to reach out to Sarah.
|2011-2014||Instructor||Bay Shore Varsity||Youth||Softball camps|
|2014-2016||Instructor||University at Buffalo||Youth||Softball clinics|
|2016-2018||Instructor||Hofstra University||Youth||Softball clinics|
|2018||Import Coach||Lucerne Eagles||Switzerland Softball League/Euro Cup||Player/Coach|
|2018||Youth Coach & Instructor||Old Parma Taurus||Youth||Softball Camps; helping with youth team|
|2018-2019||Youth Coach||Western Magpies||Youth||Softball Camps and Lessons for youth|
|2018-2019||Assistant Coach||Auckland 23u||New Zealand||Assistant Coach for the Auckland 23u team which is comprised of the top under 23 girls in the entire Auckland league and compete at tournaments around the country.|
|2019||Youth Coach & Instructor||Old Parma Taurus||Youth||Softball Camps; helping with youth team|
|2019||Youth Coach & Instructor||Olympia Haarlem||Youth||Softball Camps; helping with youth team|
|2020||Youth Coach & Instructor||Saronno||Youth||Softball Camps; helping with youth team|
|2021||Youth Coach||Old Parma Taurus||Youth||Softball and Baseball camps|
|2018||European Winners Cup||7||21||8||14||2||3||0||2||4||2||0||1||.667||.720||1.048|
|2018||Old Parma Taurus||12||26||4||9||0||0||0||3||3||6||1||2||.346||.414||.346|
|2019||Old Parma Taurus||36||80||8||28||2||4||0||12||18||13||6||1||.350||.460||.475|
2020: Italian Softball League Championship Finalist
2020: Italian National Softball Team
2019: Top IBC Hitter
2019: Dutch Golden League Championship Finalist
2019: Bronze medalist at European Champions Cup
2019: Italian All-Star Game Invite x2
2019: Top Batter at Bev Chote Tournament
2018-2019: Top IBC Winter Hitter
2018-2019: New Zealand Nationals Championship
2018-2019: Auckland League Championship
2018: Top IBC Hitter
2018: Top Batter at Euro Cup
2018: NFCA All-America Scholar Athlete
2018: NFCA All-Northeast Region First-Team
2018: CAA All-Conference First Team
2018: CAA All-Tournament Team
2018: CAA Tournament Championship
2018: Went 3 for 3 vs Texas Tech (Article)
2017: CAA All-Tournament Team
2016: Academic All-MAC Team
2014: Bay Shore Varsity MVP
2014: Suffolk County Co-Field Player of the Year
2014: All-County Selection
Education: Sociology BA, Philosophy minor
Hobbies and Interests: Lifting/exercising, reading, watching movies
Post softball career plans: Coaching, teaching, or both
Recent injuries or illnesses: None